A plan that would have helped keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill has been gathering dust at the Department of Justice. Drawn up after the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the plan to improve background checks has gone ignored for the last year as legislators squabbled over other issues, sources told The New York Times on Sunday. It is not clear whether the plan ever made it to the White House. On Saturday the president called for “meaningful action” to prevent further gun tragedies.
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